Indian IT industry has several first to its credit. Over the last four decades it has put India on the global map and in the process won several accolades. Besides, over the years, the Indian It industry has created hundreds of millionaires.
With a largest pool of IT professionals working, it is encouraging to note that industry is growing, though now not as exponentially it used in the past decades, and still planning to hire lakhs of people to execute various projects. Though, the industry has a sizable representation with lakhs of professionals working across the globe, But the fact remains that Indian IT industry still it is yet to position itself as a major ”brand”.
It is time that India creates niche skilled workers rather than developing mass-scale coders. National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), the industry’s premier body, has urged Indian IT companies to do a rethink on their recruitment policies and accordingly groom the employees to develop skills especially in the social and digital platforms. Sensing the need, Indian IT giants have initiated several programmes to nurture the skills of the employees and also show them a strong growth path.
Bangalore-based Wipro has planned to launch a fellowship programme called Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff (DMTS), a unique and first of its kind in the industry. The company will form an elite group selected from a pool of highly talented employees from the technical front and chalk out their career path in alignment with that of the CEO. Besides, Wipro has also planned to strengthen its non-technical front by recruiting 100 employees from global management schools. They will be posted across different geographies and exposed to a variety of business. With this initiative the company plans to develop global leaders in the span of 8-10 years.
The country’s largest software company TCS, has taken efforts to become an employer of high-end skills. Noting that many students from IITs want to join core sector companies and would like to work on interesting projects, especially in R&D, TCS has planned to facilitate a linkage between their studies and R&D work for the IIT students, so that they work on TCS projects. Interestingly, there is no compulsion on the students that they have to join TCS after the completion of their studies. However, if they want TCS doors will always open for them. Besides, sensing the need for bringing in people with PhD degrees to carry out analytics work,TCS has been supporting students who wanted to to pursue their masters and PhD programmes from Indian universities.
Tech Mahindra has planned to send their 318 management trainees through one month of ‘finishing school’ where they will have access to company leaders, go through psychometric tests for smoother transition into their roles. Training programmes scheduled from the first day will also ensure that candidates realise the company has their career chart in mind.
Infosys has already started to pull up its socks in an apparent attempt to redeem its past glory. The company has initiated the process to hire 200 students from Ivy League colleges, and some of the major international institutes and strengthen its consultancy services which forms the core business focus for Infosys. Infosys has shortlisted six young CEOs (under 35 years) and gave them responsibility from new service offerings to launching a new engineering college. Besides the company is in the midst of a career fast-tracking programme that would step up promotions for its executives and also be has planned to ramp up its certification and training programme.
There is no dearth of manpower to do work on skills at the lower-end. But, with clients across the globe are expected to increase their investments on cloud, analytics, digital products and platforms, it is time the industry has to gear up to support with the right skill set.From the industry perspectives, these new initiatives by the leading IT firms, culminate in to a win-win situation both for the bright minds as well as the companies.
- M D Sridharan